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Life in Atlanta

Atlanta is the 11th largest metropolitan area in the US, with a population of approximately 6.6 million. Atlanta has it all: sports, culture, outdoor activities, and fantastic restaurants. No matter what you are interested in, you will find it in Atlanta!

Learn About Atlanta

Choose ATL - Explore the latest about Atlanta’s vibrant culture. This website also offers a tool to see which neighborhoods match your vibe.

ATL Brand Box - The ATL Brand Box is a free-to-use digital toolkit to help tell metro Atlanta's story. This website maintains an up-to-date and searchable database of facts and rakings about Atlanta, as well as graphics, photos, quotes, videos and more.

Sports

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Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Atlanta is home to the Braves, Falcons, Hawks, Dream, and Silverbacks, as well as several college teams. If you are interested in participating in sports, there are many Emory intramural sports teams that residents can join, including flag football, soccer, basketball, volleyball, softball, and more! Emory also boasts an outstanding physical education center, the George W. Woodruff Physical Education Center (aka the WoodPEC), which residents can join. The WoodPEC, which is less than a 5-minute walk from EUH, has an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a rock-climbing wall, basketball and racquetball courts, and cardio and weight-lifting equipment. Group exercise classes are also available.

Culture 

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Atlanta is one of few U.S. cities with professional companies in all major performing arts disciplines: opera (Atlanta Opera), ballet (Atlanta Ballet), music (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra), and theater (Alliance Theater). Atlanta is also home to many art museums, including the renowned High Museum of Art, the Museum of Design Atlanta, and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.

Area Attractions 

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Atlanta boasts the world’s largest indoor aquarium, the Georgia Aquarium. Other popular area attractions include the World of Coca-Cola, the Carter Center and Presidential Library, the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the Atlanta Children’s Museum, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and Zoo Atlanta.

Outdoor Activities 

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Residents enjoying the Botanical Gardens
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Exploring the trails at Lullwater Park on the Emory campus
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On top of Stone Mountain

 

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Cycling around Stone Mountain
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Hiking in Sweetwater Creek State Park
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Pine Mountain Trail
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Multiple hiking options in the North Georgia Mountains
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Relaxing in Piedmont Park

Atlanta is home to more than 300 parks; Piedmont Park, located in Midtown Atlanta, is the city’s premier green space. Piedmont Park hosts the free Atlanta Jazz Festival every Memorial Day weekend. Atlanta also boasts many popular biking and running trails, including the Beltline, a former railway corridor around the city that has been transformed into a multi-use trail. For those interested in hiking and camping, Atlanta is a short distance from the North Georgia mountains with spectacular trails and views.

Restaurants 

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Atlanta is a foodie’s paradise! From the world’s largest drive-in (the Varsity) to traditional southern fare to ethnic food to off-the-beaten path restaurants (Buford Highway), you will find it all here. Many neighborhoods host restaurant weeks throughout the spring and summer.

Atlanta Neighborhoods

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Atlanta is a vibrant city made up of eclectic neighborhoods that can feel like cities within themselves. Whether you want to live in a Midtown high rise or in a family-friendly suburb, you will find it here in Atlanta. Most of our residents live in nearby Decatur, Druid Hills, Morningside, and the Virginia Highlands neighborhoods. Atlanta has a low cost of living compared to other similarly sized cities. Please click here to download a map to guide you around the city.

William McDonald, MD, Vice-Chair of Psychiatry Education, talks about what Atlanta has to offer and the close connection that our graduating residents maintain with the Atlanta community.